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September 20, 2014

Our 12th annual Doors Open event will feature dozens of sites – big and small, new and old – in and around Waterloo Region. Plenty of first-time sites are included every year.

Find our local map/guide this summer on our website, at Waterloo Region libraries, visitor centres and museums, and in the Waterloo Region Record on September 13.

Updates can always be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Doors-Open-Waterloo-Region/82880538162). And you can always follow us on Twitter (@DoorsOpenWR).

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AirBoss Rubber Compounding (former Dominion Tire - Uniroyal Goodrich Plant)

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101 Glasgow Street
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1912-14; additions in the 1920s and later
Architect: Albert Kahn, Detroit
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Note: pre-registered guided tours only

North America’s largest custom rubber mixing facility, AirBoss compounds are used in products that include: car and forklift tires, mining conveyor belts, auto parts and off-road tire retreading. This enormous, historical manufacturing plant, designed by one of North America’s leading 20th-century industrial architects, is 100 years old this year. Register at their website from September 2-19 for guided tours.

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Alternatives Journal (former Public Utilities Commission Building)

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195 King Street West, Suite 202
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1931-32
Architect: B.A. Jones, Kitchener
Style: Beaux arts
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One of Kitchener’s oldest remaining public buildings, the mixed beaux-arts and art deco-style granite-and-sandstone exterior has carefully crafted metalwork, cut stonework, brass doors and carved medallions. Inside, the original elevator and mosaic floors grace the home of University of Waterloo-affiliated Alternatives Journal, Canada’s Environmental Voice (and creators of Kitchener’s NIGHT\SHIFT festival of art, culture, community and nocturnal adventure).

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Bean-Wright House (Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast)

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73 George Street
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 1882
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Theodore Bellinger built this fine Italianate home 132 years ago. Its commanding position high above the street shows off its heavy-bracketed eaves, four-panel main entrance transom and large windows with graceful arches. The current owners of the house have restored many original interior and exterior features, and now operate it as Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast.
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Block Three Brewing Company

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1430-2 King Street North
St. Jacobs , Ontario
Year built: 1952-60
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

One of the region’s newest microbreweries, Block Three opened in 2013. It specializes in small-batch brewing with seasonal and one-off recipes using local products whenever possible. Located beside the historical Dominion Hotel, the building has been renovated with a rustic feel. Guided tours of the brewing process will be available throughout the day, with complimentary tastings after 11 a.m.

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Bridgeport Free Church

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76 Bloomingdale Road
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1848
Style: Georgian
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One of the region’s oldest church buildings, Bridgeport Free Church is one of the few remaining brick Georgian-style buildings. It has been a place of worship for numerous religious denominations. Many noteworthy heritage features are still in place in the interior, on the exterior, and in the adjacent historical cemetery. Come and enjoy a rare look inside this heritage treasure.
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Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Cambridge Historic City Hall and Cambridge City Hall

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46-50 Dickson Street
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1857; 2008
Architect: H.B. Sinclair; Diamond and Schmitt Architects
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The impressive historic and new city hall buildings are joined by a glass link. Renovations to the 1857 building updated the council chambers, added a ground floor entrance, reinstated the second-floor main entrance stairs and installed an elevator. The award-winning 2008 building is gold-certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
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Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
First World War

Col. J.A. McIntosh, DSO, ED Armoury

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1 Valour Place
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1914
Architect: Chief Architect's Branch (David Ewart), Department of Public Works
Building type: Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Home of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada, the interior of this remarkable recognized federal heritage building is among the best-preserved in the region. It includes original ceiling beams, panelling, mouldings, baseboards, picture rails, doors, leaded-glass transoms, built-in cabinetry, flooring and a large drill hall. Its museum preserves the strong military heritage of Waterloo Region with regimental displays.
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Communitech Hub

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151 Charles Street West, Suite 100
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1896-1956; renovations 2008-10, 2011-12
Architect: C.E. Cowan, Kitchener; RAWdesign 2008-10, 2011-12
Style: Vernacular
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 44,000-square-foot (4,088-square-metre) Communitech Hub in the historical Tannery District is dedicated to world-leading collaboration and innovation. Its unique model brings together early-stage companies, large multinationals, government agencies, academic institutions, technology incubators and a business accelerator – all under one roof. Working together, they create an environment that fuels job creation and company growth. Guided tours only, every half hour.
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Conestoga Masonry Training Centre

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108 University Avenue East (enter at Marsland Drive, just north of the parking lot)
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 2009
Architect: WalterFedy, Kitchener
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This facility incorporates high design and houses the Conestoga Masonry Training Centre, which offers fundamental instruction in masonry and construction techniques. The building is equipped to provide innovative, hands-on learning opportunities at the pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship levels in brick and stone masonry. See student works in progress. Try your hand at bricklaying in the workshop (closed-toe shoes required).
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Desire2Learn

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151 Charles Street West, Suite 400
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1896-1956; renovations 2008-10
Architect: C.E. Cowan, Kitcnener; RAWdesign 2008-10
Style: Vernacular
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The former Lang Tannery complex now serves as the main office for Desire2Learn, a growing tech company delivering digital learning solutions. The building provides an open and contemporary space designed to foster collaboration and creativity. Exposed brick and rafters contrast with leading-edge workstations and modern furnishings. Don’t miss the original wooden staircase – a highlight of the guided tour.
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Dunfield Theatre Cambridge

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46 Grand Avenue South
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 2013
Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects, Toronto
Building type: Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Situated in a historical downtown setting along the Grand River, this 500-seat, state-of-the art theatre facility is surrounded by great shopping, exquisite dining, beautiful architecture, luxurious accommodation and a range of fascinating attractions. Enjoy a thorough tour with behind-the-scenes access to the props department, wardrobe, wood and paint shop, rehearsal halls, dressing rooms and administrative offices.
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Emmanuel Child Care Centre

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65 Noecker Street
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 1960
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In 2004, the Emmanuel Child Care Centre (established in 1964) relocated to the former Brighton Public School. This relocation allowed for additional preschool spaces and special needs programming. Children discover and explore with an emergent-style curriculum, emphasizing nature both inside and outdoors. Ongoing renovations will meet the needs of younger children following the implementation of full-day kindergarten.

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Floralane Produce

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2191 Arthur Street North
Elmira, Ontario
Building type: Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tour the big greenhouses to see how beefsteak and other tomatoes are grown almost year-round on floor-to-ceiling vines, and picked ripe. The Horst family also grows corn, strawberries, green beans, cabbages and melons. Weather permitting, Doors Open visitors will also see strawberry picking in progress and learn more about how produce is grown in the field.
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Grand River Conservation Authority Headquarters

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400 Clyde Road
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1973
Architect: Horton and Ball, Kitchener
Landscape type: Conservation area
Style: Brutalism
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For 80 years, the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has managed the water resources of an area that is home to almost one million people. From their headquarters, GRCA staff work to reduce flood damages and protect the environment. Visit the flood control centre, get a close-up look at a working dam, and see displays that explain the GRCA’s responsibilities.
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Heritage Cambridge Grand Avenue South Walking Tour

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Meet at McDougall Cottage (89 Grand Avenue South)
Cambridge , Ontario
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; tours at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Join Heritage Cambridge volunteers at McDougall Cottage for this brief walk along Grand Avenue South – and the Living Levee Trail beside the Grand River, with all of its views and vistas. Enjoy this rich cultural heritage landscape, with numerous built and natural heritage elements that tell its unique history.
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HomeLife Power Realty Inc.

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914 King Street West
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: c. 1910
Style: Queen Anne revival
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lovingly restored inside and out, this substantial Queen Anne revival home has retained much of its heritage character. A shingled two-storey porch, decorative wood and brickwork, a mix of window styles and roof lines, and bold paint colours add variety to the street. Inside, original windows, woodwork and trim abound, including beautiful entry hall stairs with a curved second-floor landing.
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National Historic Site (Canada)
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Homer Watson House & Gallery

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1754 Old Mill Road
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1834-35
Architect: Built by Adam Ferrie
Style: Vernacular
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Through its programs, exhibitions and events, this house and gallery – the homestead of Canada's first noted landscape artist Homer Watson (1855-1936) – celebrates his creative spirit by stimulating visual arts appreciation, enjoyment and practice. In addition to the Watson Collection, contemporary exhibitions and Watson's personal painting equipment, Doors Open visitors can see the adjacent coach house and the archival painting-storage system.
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Homer Watson's Youth in Oregon, Upper Doon - Heritage Walking Tour

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Meet at 1021 Doon Village Road
Kitchener , Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Landscape artist Homer Watson spent his youth in the historical settlement of Oregon, Upper Doon (a Heritage Conservation District). Beginning at his beautifully restored birthplace, the tour includes the millpond, the Tilt family farmhouse and the site of the brickyard where Homer worked. A longer, self-guided walk will also be available.
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Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region

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127 Victoria Street South, Suite 201
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1912; renovated 2004
Architect: John MacDonald Architect, Kitchener (2004 renovations)
Style: Vernacular
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This site is a successful adaptive re-use venture of the former W.E. Woelfle shoe factory, in operation from 1912 to the 1960s. Many original architectural features have been retained, including windows, beams and floors. Since 2004, the building has been home to the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region, a local not-for-profit charity that helps people with disabilities achieve independence.
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King Street Baptist Church

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361 King Street East
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1905
Style: Period revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This stately building is a Tudor revival-style church with an off-white stucco exterior and brown accent wood, topped with a steep peaked roof, set off by diamond-cut leaded-glass windows. The sanctuary has beautiful original hammer beam trusses supporting the tongue-and-groove wood ceiling. The ornate wood scrollwork in the chancel reaches high, framing the organ pipe chamber.
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K-W Masonic Temple

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440 Weber Street North
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 1972
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
The K-W Masonic Temple was built in 1972 for the use of Freemasons, Royal Arch Masons, Scottish-Rite Masons, Knights Templar and Eastern Star. Discover how Masonry has been involved in the life of this community for 150 years. See historical furnishings and symbols in the lodge rooms, browse heritage displays and enjoy family activities.
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Langs

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1145 Concession Road
Cambridge , Ontario
Year built: 2011
Architect: Robertson Simmons Architects, Kitchener and Toronto
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Langs, a community development organization, is co-located with the William E. Pautler 50+ Recreation Centre, and more than 25 other community partners. The 58,000-square-foot (5,388-square-metre) building features a living wall, green roofs, a gymnasium, event spaces and more. During Doors Open, explore the indoor walking track and exercise room, take a pole walking lesson or try your hand at pickleball.
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Martin’s Family Fruit Farm

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1420 Lobsinger Line
Woolwich Township, Ontario
Year built: 1996; 2011
Architect: Frey Brothers, Hawkesville
Building type: Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Martin’s Fruit Farm land has been in the Martin family since 1820. The apple packing plant, in the middle of the orchard and adjacent to the retail store, will be open for tours. Fresh fruit production and packing on this scale is rare in this part of Ontario. Come and see how they package and market these delicious apples.
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McDougall Cottage

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89 Grand Avenue South
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: c. 1858
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
McDougall Cottage, in the historical Cambridge factory district, is a vernacular matched grey granite and local limestone cottage with spectacular hand-painted friezes, trompe l’œil ceilings and a charming garden. An interpretive centre for Scottish culture, McDougall Cottage presents lectures and workshops, kitchen ceilidhs, Tartan Teas, Scotch tastings and more.
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Nauman's Farm

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3250 Hessen Strasse
Wellesley Township, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Welcome to Nauman’s Farm, where strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb and pumpkins are grown. Nauman’s offers both pre-picked and pick-your-own produce. Choose one of the guided tours – 10 a.m., Noon or 2 p.m. – and learn about the “ins and outs” of growing fresh, local produce in Waterloo Region.
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Quarry Building

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1440 King Street North
St. Jacobs, Ontario
Year built: 1930s and later; renovations in 1977, 2005 and 2010
Architect: Somfay Masri Architects, Waterloo
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Experience the innovation and creativity that comes when the historical charm of this former felting factory meets modern design. Guided tours tell the story of transformation and the impact the building continues to make on St. Jacobs. Come play in the digital sandbox – the FELT Lab – where you can ride a virtual reality roller coaster and interact with augmented reality.
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Reception House Waterloo Region

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101 David Street
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1914; 1996
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This stately residence has been adapted for many uses. Since 1997, it has housed a non-profit organization providing newly arrived refugees with temporary accommodation. Original woodwork has been retained while newer original artwork brightens up the living spaces. See how a century home has been adapted to provide our newest residents with a safe and secure first home in Canada.
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Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

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4881 Fountain Street North
Breslau, Ontario
Year built: 1950; 2003; 2011
Architect: John MacDonald Architect, Kitchener (Airport Terminal); Peter McMillan (Operations Centre)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Discover a world of flight. Tours of the airport include the Passenger Terminal, Operations Centre, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, Great Lakes Helicopter and the Cadet Youth Development Centre. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the aviation industry operates. Meet representatives from commercial airlines and the Canada Border Services Agency, tour a hangar and get up close to planes and helicopters.
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Registry Theatre, The

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122 Frederick Street
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 1938-39
Architect: Ray Hall, Galt
Style: Art deco
Building type: Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In 2001, the Waterloo County Registry Office was transformed into an intimate theatre space in downtown Kitchener. The Registry Theatre, as it became known, has maintained its original art deco-style motifs and materials, yet its 150-seat capacity makes it an intimate venue for live music, theatre and film. It's like a big, well-equipped living room that hosts live performances!
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St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

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4260 Hessen Strasse
Wellesley Township, Ontario
Year built: 1872
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A Doors Open favourite, this church has been in active service for over 140 years. Members of the small but thriving congregation, founded in 1852, collected fieldstones and built this picturesque church on a hill overlooking Wellesley Township farmland. Church services are still held four times per year. The building retains much of its original interior and exterior detail.
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First World War

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

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810 King Street East
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1887
Architect: Charles Moogk, Waterloo
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This church’s oak-beamed ceiling and stained-glass windows are particularly noteworthy. The splendid organ and grand piano will be played from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by members of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Plaques commemorating church members who fought in the First and Second World Wars will also be displayed. In 2014, the congregation celebrates 180 years.
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St. Peter's Lutheran Church

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1046 Gordon Hain Street
Linwood, Ontario
Year built: 1904
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This quaint, mid-sized country church was built in 1904 from 90,000 red bricks hauled by horse and wagon from Conestoga. The building has changed little in over a century. It retains its original bell tower and steeple, interior wainscoting, flooring, seating and tongue-and-groove wood ceiling. The stained glass in the sanctuary was donated to the church in 1982.
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Schnurr's Hall

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5168 Ament Line
Linwood, Ontario
Year built: 1909
Architect: Builder: George Brenner; interior by Michael Goetz
Style: Vernacular
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Schnurr’s Hall hosted community events, meetings, musical shows and a circuit court from 1910 to the 1950s. Remarkably, it has been preserved intact as it was over 75 years ago, with original stage, theatrical sets, walls, floor, ceiling and more – a rare heritage interior. Downstairs, Schnurr’s Grocery is Canada's oldest independent, family-owned and -operated grocery store.
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Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Sun Life Financial

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227 King Street South
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 1912; 1921
Architect: Darling & Pearson; Sharpe & Horner
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Modern Renaissance style interior of Sun Life Financial – one of Waterloo's best-preserved heritage interiors – features inlaid marble, an elegant great hall with an ornate plaster ceiling, and many other original details. The heritage designation of the 1912 and 1921 façades reflects their importance in the streetscape of Waterloo. Guided tours through the building’s historical sections will be offered.
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University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge (former Riverside Silk Mill)

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7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1919-38; renovated 2004
Architect: Levitt Goodman Architects, Toronto (2004 renovation)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The last industrial plant built on the Grand River in Galt, Riverside Silk Mill had large open spaces flooded with natural light. Its industrial atmosphere, spacious interior and spectacular town and river views were preserved and enhanced in its School of Architecture transformation. The on-site Cambridge Galleries Design at Riverside exhibit Ex Industria will examine the region’s industrial architecture.
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University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science

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200 Columbia Street West
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 1974; 1995; 2009
Architect: Rounthwaite Dick and Hadley Architects, Toronto
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During Doors Open, learn about vision and the eye at The Laser Clinic Laser Eye Center, the Centre for Contact Lens Research, and the Centre for Sight Enhancement. The original building was designed for light control; curved reflectors direct daylight downwards from roof windows. The 2009 addition includes a roof opening or oculus – an optical reference and architectural connection.
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University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy

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10A Victoria Street South
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 2009
Architect: Siamak Hariri, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Distinctive for its colourful curtain wall featuring images of medicinal plants, the School of Pharmacy represents a unique investment in downtown renewal. The building optimizes natural light and uses organic materials such as wood and stone to create a welcoming environment for students, staff and the community. A 2011 Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Award winner.
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Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House

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77 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1852-53 (gaol); 1878 (Governor's House)
Architect: Mellish & Russell, Brantford (gaol); D.W. Gingerich, Waterloo (Governor's House)
Building type: Courthouse
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; guided tours only (approximately 1 hour each)
Both of these buildings – the oldest Waterloo County structures in existence – were saved from an uncertain fate by community action. The exteriors are designated and the interiors are excellent examples of adaptive reuse. The stone gaol houses provincial courtrooms. The brick Victorian Governor’s House is used for court offices and public meetings.
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Waterloo North Hydro

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526 Country Squire Road
Waterloo , Ontario
Year built: 2011
Architect: McCallum Sather Architects, Hamilton
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; last guided tour at 3:15 p.m.
Learn about one of Ontario’s oldest electricity distribution companies. This LEED Silver-certified facility features energy-efficient and -sustainable systems, including an energy-saving building envelope, geothermal heating and cooling, rainwater recovery and energy-efficient lighting, sensors and controls. See behind the scenes in the operations, administration, mechanical and control room areas.
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Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

West Montrose Kissing Bridge Heritage Walking Tour

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Meet at Letson Park (1232 Rivers Edge Drive)
West Montrose, Ontario
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; guided tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
A guided walk through the historical village of West Montrose – one of Ontario’s first recognized cultural heritage landscapes – features the West Montrose “Kissing Bridge” (Ontario’s last remaining covered bridge), the Lost Acres Store and other historical buildings. Each tour runs for approximately 45 minutes, including a stop at the Lost Acres Store.
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Zion United Church

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32 Weber Street West
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1893; 1915
Architect: A.J. Russell, Tacoma; Spier and Gehrke, Detroit
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Zion congregation’s third church building – soon to close – contains beautiful stained-glass windows and has retained much of its original interior, including rich woodwork, a large gallery and heavy ceiling beams and brackets. Zion’s original, semi-circular Sunday school wing – home to the Rockway Mennonite Church – will also be open.